Advantages & Disadvantages
The bacteria in your dental plaque converts the sugar that you eat into
the acid through the process known as fermentation. In biochemistry, it
is estimated that one glucose (sugar) molecule can ferment into two molecules
of pyruvic acids.
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When you have a cavity, you really only have two choices:
postpone treatment or get a filling. The problem with postponing treatment is
that a cavity will never go away on its own. It just gets bigger and bigger.
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Silver amalgam and composite resin are the two most common materials used
to restore teeth damaged by decay. There are situations where one material
is preferable over the other, and similarly, there are disadvantages to
both of these filling materials. Additionally, there are some health experts
who question the safety of amalgam fillings and say they should not be
used under any circumstances.
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At right, you can see how dark, unsightly silver fillings detract from
the appearance of the teeth. This material can replace dark silver fillings
and make your teeth look beautiful and natural again. But silver fillings
have several drawbacks.
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Over time, amalgam fillings often absorb moisture, causing them to swell and break away from the tooth. When this happens, your tooth is no longer sealed and protected from decay. Food and bacteria can become trapped in this space, enabling cavities to form.
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Everything wears out eventually, and white plastic fillings are no exception. As white fillings in front teeth age, they absorb moisture, swell, and begin to leak.
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Postoperative tooth sensitivity in composite restorations relentlessly
continues to be a common, yet unpredictable, problem in dentistry. Such
complication is even more unforgiving when the extreme sensitivities occur
on teeth that were not sensitive before the restorations were placed.
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Postoperative tooth sensitivity in composite restorations relentlessly continues
to be a common, yet unpredictable, problem in dentistry. Such complication is
even more unforgiving when the extreme sensitivities occur on teeth that were
not sensitive before the restorations were placed. Despite meticulous use of
dentin bonding agents, dentists and patients are faced with the sensitivity
problem daily. Sometimes the dentist needs to rework these restorations. In rare
instances, the dentist has to perform root canal therapy on the painful teeth.
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